Name: Boris Bojanovsky
Weight: 235 lbs
Twitter Handle: @Bo_FSU15 (Loveesss to hashtag in his profile – best one: #AlreadyTaken…awww)
2012-13 Season Stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, .8 bpg, 55% fg.
Prognostication: I know what you’re thinking, 7-foot-3, 235 pounds, Slovakian…this guy’s a doofus, right? Wrong. Bobo – as he’s affectionately known in Tally – puts being the tallest player to ever suit up for Florida State to good use, mixing his freakish length with sneaky athleticism to be a mismatch nightmare off of the bench for Leonard Hamilton. Boris Bojanovsky definitely exceeded expectations as a freshman last season, and having continued his quest for mass this offseason, he may have the body type to see more than the 11.1 minutes per game he saw last season, and really challenge Kiel Turpin for the starting center position. Ok, maybe he won’t see the starting lineup, but to be able to bring a 7-foot-3 guy who doesn’t move like a stiff off of the bench in the ACC will only benefit the Noles this season.
Strengths: Bojanovsky’s best trait is what you’d want your seven-footer’s best trait to be, he really contests shots. Not strong enough to really hold his own with opposing bigs last season kept Bojo from blocking more shots, but he put forth great effort in protecting the rim, being one of the best help defenders on the team. Bojanovsky also showed great resilience on the offensive end, showcasing an arsenal of low post moves, which would really be great if he had the toughness to establish himself and finish around the rim. His great hands and coordination for a man his size really make him a player to watch out for as he continues to fill out his body.
Weaknesses: I’m sorry that I’ve probably already spoiled the weaknesses section of this post, but Bojanovsky’s width is still catching up with his length, and until that happens he’s more than likely going to be pushed around all over the court. I can’t imagine that practicing with a bruiser like Michael Ojo (profile coming soon), and going up against Turpin isn’t helping, but there were times last season where Bojanovsky looked like he was still a high school basketball player. We can chalk it up to freshman blues for now, because the big man has a ton of skills, but just needs the strength to be able to put them on display.
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